Helen & Dave's Most Excellent
The Ukrainian Addition !!!!!!


Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Posted by Helen on March 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

March 23rd, 2010

Pinch us, we really are where we are!

     Wow, hard to believe we are finally done! I want to say it a thousand times, done, done. done; dance and sing it, done, done, done! Scream it as loud as I can, only that is the last thing I really want to do as we just got our little man to sleep!

9 ½ weeks, today! We spoke with our primary agency contact today, who we had initially met  but have actually had very little contact with for last 4 weeks, and she told us there was another Canadian couple that just landed and had I guess, read our blog, and wanted to know, “are they still here”!

      Yesterday Dave went to the passport office in late afternoon and we were Uber paranoid something would go wrong! Dave said he wanted to kiss the woman when he walked in and saw Oscar’s passport open on the desk! Today we went to the Canadian Embassy and everything went like clockwork. Thank you Olesya and Kevin Swinton and anyone else behind the scenes, you lived up to your word of getting your end done in a day!

Now it is Luftansa airlines from Kyiv to Frankfurt leaving at 2:05 pm then tight connection but same terminal and home in Toronto at just after 8 pm. We have a Bulk head and are on waiting list for upgrade since Air Canada made us buy 3 new round trip tickets in Latitude fare to change flights a week! We’d hire a private jet right now, if that is what it would take to get us home!

     We had a great day today, we wished our best to our new good friends Wendy and Peter who are off to Sumi tomorrow and pray everything works out for them and their new little one. Piero and Svetlana then dropped by and met Oscar and brought him a toy car! I suspect this little man may get a bit spoiled from here on in. I can’t imagine what he must be thinking when it was just a week ago he hadn’t even had his own socks, let alone a toy! That said we also realize how blessed we are with the care the Boyarka Orphanage has given Oscar. We want to make sure he grows up appreciating and helping people less fortunate. Perspective is a powerful tool and Dave and I, truly appreciate what we have! As we were walking to a toy store to get Wendy and Peter a gift for their new child we happen to walk behind a homeless person and let me tell you, this is the last place on earth you would want to be below the line in! The description would not be appropriate given the joyful time we are at, but again we so much appreciate all we have!

  Dave went in to the HP office to turn in his security passes loaned to him and the ESSN team for Eastern Europe was there which was great, as Dave was very grateful of the hospitality everyone showed him!

      So my friends and family we are now truly at another watershed moment in Helcat and Fredrico’s most excellent adventure, although I guess it is now, Hellcat, Fredrico and Oscar’s most excellent adventure.


We will leave you with a quote from one of the people on Dave’s team ( thanks Cheryl!):


“ In this world you are just one person…..but to one person, you might just be the world”!


We pray we are "the world" for our new little “one person”.


See you all we hope very soon!


Love, kisses and as Oscar says while blowing a kiss “Paca”!

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Reply Susan & James
7:36 PM on March 23, 2010 
WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!! How wonderful this news is to us all. Congratulations on getting through it all and we can't wait to meet Oscar! Much much love, Susan and James and the gang
Reply Carolyn
9:35 PM on March 23, 2010 
Well, you may get this from home but have a wonderful trip. See you soon. We anxiously await meeting the "wee" man. Love ya, Carolyn and Douglas
Reply Marion Irwin
9:52 PM on March 23, 2010 
It is the wonderful end of the beginning....It only gets better and better and better....See you all tomorrow.....Can't wait to see you!!!
Tons of love,
M, D, A & K
Reply Elyse
10:11 PM on March 23, 2010 
I think you guys have broken the record for being there the longest out of all of us --my heroes LOL. Congratulations on becoming a family of three! International adoption is one of the hardest yet most rewarding things in the world. Enjoy every new experience that Oscar will have that other children may take for grantit. It is so precious seeing everything through the eyes of a 3-year-old especially for the first time! Have a safe flight home.

8:52 AM on March 24, 2010 
Have a wonderful, exciting, safe trip home! Can't wait to see the whole family back in Toronto. Love, Wally, Carolyn, Charles and Jacqueline xoxo
Reply Astrid
4:26 PM on March 24, 2010 
OK, so if you are landing at 8 PM Toronto time, this must mean you are in the air right now, landing in about 3.5 hours!! Please make sure to blog tomorrow -- I want to make 100% sure that that handsome kid of yours is on Canadian soil.
Reply Beth
7:04 AM on March 25, 2010 

when the jet lag passes give us a call!! we have a great yard to run around and play!!!

Congrates and Hugs from Beth, SEan and ISabelle!! oh, and our new Goldie (cat)
Reply Dani
9:19 AM on March 25, 2010 
We are so excited for you guys! I hope you get over the jet lag soon.
Lots of love - Dani
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